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41 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Randolph Street Market, Beverly Art Walk, Oktoberfests And More

The 312 Block Party, Live! Chicago, SAUCED Night Market and Chicago Gourmet are also on deck.

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16 Pickleball Courts Open In Grant Park Thanks To $500K From Lollapallooza

Six refurbished tennis courts also opened to the public. The courts were overhauled after years of the mega festival using them for parking.


3 Migrant Shelters Open In West Loop Area, But Residents Want More Notice

City officials said they get no notice when buses are sent from Texas and other border states to Chicago, which makes it hard to plan.

West Loop

Levain Bakery Opens Second Chicago Location in River North

The Clark Street location is the second in Chicago. The company opened along Fulton Market's restaurant row in November.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

City’s Last-Minute Street Closures Didn’t Stop Mexican Independence Day Celebrations Downtown

Celebrations continued Downtown well past midnight even after the city implemented street closures. Police officers checked drivers' IDs at one checkpoint to allow them to drive into Downtown.


Guinness Taproom Opens This Month In West Loop. Here’s A Look Inside

The highly anticipated Guinness Open Gate Brewery opens Sept. 28.

West Loop

New Late Night Bars Would Be Banned In Parts Of Old Town, Gold Coast Under Proposal

Ald. Brian Hopkins also wants a ban on all future liquor licenses along Wells Street in Old Town, saying neighbors and police have had enough of rowdiness and disorderly behavior.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

Mega-Development To Bring 1,500 Apartments To Fulton Market

The buildings will be at the intersection of Morgan and Kinzie streets and include 290 affordable units.

West Loop

Quiet Zone Would Be Established Outside Women’s Clinic Targeted By Protesters Under Alderman’s Plan

Ald. Bill Conway is introducing an ordinance Thursday to ban amplified sound near a Downtown clinic, following weeks of complaints about anti-abortion protesters using loudspeakers and bullhorns.

West Loop

Mexican Independence Day Celebrations In Chicago Include Parades, A 5K And More

The city urges anyone participating in caravans Downtown and on DuSable Lake Shore Drive to be respectful of neighbors and emergency vehicles attempting to get through.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

31 Things To Do In Chicago This Weekend: Riot Fest, Ravenswood ArtWalk, Film Festivals And More

The Englewood Jazz Festival, Mexican Independence Day Parade and Connect South Shore Arts Fest are also back this weekend.


Good Things Vending Machines Filled With Local Art Offer A ‘Little Bite Of All Chicago Has To Offer’ 

From tiny coloring books to decks of cards, Good Things Vending machines are stocked with little treats designed to "incite joy," said founder Steph Krim.

Arts & Culture

South Loop Neighbors Want To Block Data Center Expansion Near McCormick Place

Neighbors say the existing Digital Realty data center has been a public health nuisance for years. They are urging Ald. Pat Dowell to reject the company's $500 million expansion.

South Loop

Chicago Native Jeremih Joins 50 Cent At United Center Saturday For ‘The Final Lap Tour’

The tour marks a career resurgence for the South Side native and R&B singer-songwriter, whose last album was in 2015.

West Loop

Democratic National Convention Won’t Be Impacted By Chicago’s Migrant Crisis, Delegates Say

Delegates touring the United Center on Tuesday brushed off questions about how the city's struggle to care for asylum seekers will affect the 2024 convention.

Near West Side

Blackhawks Training Center Expansion, Thousands Of New Apartments Head To City Council Vote

Proposed housing in the West Loop, Pilsen, Englewood and Bridgeport is one step closer to reality. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the projects Thursday.

West Loop

Fulton Market Office Building Would Get 2-Story Apartment Addition Under Developer’s Plans

Eight new apartments would be added to a current four-story office building at 159-167 N. Racine Ave.

West Loop

Dragonflies Seem To Be Everywhere Along Chicago’s Lakefront. Here’s Why. 

Millions of common green darner dragonflies are migrating across Lake Michigan on their journey from Canada to the Gulf Coast and looking for a place their larvae can survive.


Man Shot Near New Bally’s Casino In River North

The 21-year-old man was walking on the sidewalk around 2:47 a.m. Monday when someone fired shots from a pickup truck, police said.

River North, Gold Coast, Near North Side

The Taste Of Chicago May Be Smaller, But Visitors And Vendors Say It’s Better That Way

After being pushed back for NASCAR weekend, the food and entertainment festival took over Grant Park this weekend.

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